What is Hot Stone Massage?
The stones are used in two ways during the massage. One is to impart heat onto the body by laying stones under the client with a layer of fabric between the client and stone (a sheet or towel) and/or on top of the client, again upon a towel. Stone layout typically will be along both sides of the spine, or along the chakra centers on top and baseball sized stones would be placed in the hands. While these layout stones are delivering concentrated centers of heat, the therapist is simultaneously massaging the client with oiled, heated stones held in the palm of the hand with firm strokes along the muscles of the legs, arms, and torso areas.
An authentic hot stone massage is not simply the "gliding" of heated stones lightly upon the surface of the skin, but rather the stones are used as tools to deliver effective tissue and muscle massage at a pressure level comfortable to the client. The client can request light, medium or deep pressure, which is the beauty of the hot stone massage technique. It can be customized in an instant to the request of the client. The hardness of the stones makes for a deep tissue massage and is easy on the joints of the therapists hands.
The heat from the stones relaxes muscles, increase the blood flow to the area being worked on which further accelerates the healing process. This increase in circulation and the relaxation of the muscles also aids in mental relaxation. Mental relaxation is key while working into deeper muscles of the body.
What Hot Stone Massage helps
Stiffness, tension, anxiety, stress, sore tires muscles, back aches, neck stiffness. Promotes feelings of deep relaxation and well-being.
There are some health conditions that make a Hot stone massage unsuitable for some people. Major conditions such as circulatory problems (high or low blood pressure), heart conditions, neuralgia or any nerve diseases, diabetes, open lesions, any kind of cancer, any acute injury or inflammation, seizuires, shingles, Parkinson's, auto-immune disorders.
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